Mar 19, 2010 8:11pm
Actually over 90% of all books published between 1923 and 1 March 1989. We either never copyrighted or never had their copyrights renewed in a timely fashion as per Rule 6 of the US Copyright Statutes. In fact you will find that many times a copyright notice was placed on a work, but a registration was never filed. The creator had 1 year to file the registration after the work was published with a copyright notice attached, up until before 1964. After 1964 the rules get more complicated, essentially copyright filings were not required if a notice was attached. Without registration notice, creator retains rites but has no civil remedy if they file suit. This was between 1964 and 1 March 1989.
Copyright laws like most legislation passed by governments is purposefully obfuscated to make work for bottom-feeding politicians, lawyers and associated bureaucratic scum. We can really throw a monkey wrench into their game by posting as much as we can under the Creative Commons License. Generally one can rest assured that most books published in the above-mentioned time periods are in the Public Domain. Of course the original creators of the legislation did not conceive that most writers in the past were more concerned about creating works than in becoming part of the corrupt Corporate-Government grabocracy which passes for our government and unfortunately most of our brain-dead culture today.
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